Software Freedom Conservancy, Inc.

aka Software Freedom Conservancy Inc   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  http://sfconservancy.org

Mission

To help promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Bradley M. Kuhn

Main address

137 Montague St STE 380

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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EIN

41-2203632

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

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Facilitating free, libre, and open source software conferences

Conservancy assists its member projects in planning, organizing and hosting software conferences.  These conferences allow the projects to speak about their work to the general public, teach the general public how to use and improve the software, and generally promote the projects.  Additionally, these conferences provide an opportunity for software developers to meet and work closely together to make improvements to the software and release those improvements immediately for the public's use and benefit.  In FY 2010, Conservancy projects hosted four conferences. 
 
Conservancy also sends project volunteers and staff to third-party software conferences in related areas.  These volunteers and staff speak about the work of Conservancy and the work of its member projects, answer questions from the public, and advise and collaborate with software projects and tax-exempt organizations outside of Conservancy that have goals that are aligned with Conservancy's.

Population(s) Served

Conservancy acts on behalf of its projects to engage software developers o as independent contractors to improve the project's software.  Conservancy-funded developers generate thousands of lines of code, which is subsequently released freely to the public under copyright licenses which encourage the public to use, share, and modify the software.  Conservancy-funded contractors also work with their respective project communities to coordinate volunteer software developers to contribute even more code under similar licensing terms.
 
In addition, Conservancy facilitates and/or participates in programs where developers mentor student software developers during the summer.  Developers help their student mentees get involved in free, libree and open source software and contribute new code to their respective projects, with the code being released to the public under the terms described above.

Population(s) Served

Many of Conservancy's projects release their software under "copyleft" licenses, such as the GNU General Public License ("GPL").  "Copyleft" licenses are copyright licenses which allow everyone to freely share, copy, modify, and install modified versions of the software; but copyleft licenses additionally require that everyone who receives the software has an equal right to engage in those activities.
 
Some Conservancy projects have asked Conservancy to encourage compliance - and occasionally enforce - the terms of their copyleft license, in order to ensure that the public receives the access and benefit the projects intended.  Conservancy engages with companies who distribute our projects' software in a manner out of compliance with their copyleft licenses.  Conservancy requires these companies to provide the same rights to copy, share, modify, and install modified versions of the software to all who received these companies' distribution, just as these companies had initially received those rights.  Conservancy ensures that the general public has equal rights to use, improve, and study the software, and to experiment with their own modifications to the software.

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Software Freedom Conservancy, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/4/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bradley M. Kuhn

Software Freedom Conservancy

Jeremy Allison

Samba Project/Google, Inc.

Peter Brown Treasurer

Loïc Dacharay

FSF France

Mark Galassi

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Bradley Kuhn Chairperson

Software Freedom Conservancy

Stormy Peters

Mozilla